Tuesday, October 6, 2015

An Open Letter to Vancouver USA: To the Mayor, to the City Council and to my fellow Citizens

Executive Director
Dogs Against Fireworks
Dear Vancouver:

Last night I received the news that the Vancouver City Council voted unanimously to ban personal fireworks in 2017. I am thrilled with the news and hope that a strong educational campaign and good enforcement plan will ensue.

If anyone has missed what we went through during the "2015 Season of Terror," just click on the July archives from this blog. It's all there in gory details. I can't read it. It brings the terror back. I and all the pets of Vancouver are rejoicing. I'm sure my friends don't like being drugged for a week during 4th of July and I certainly don't want to go through building a bunker in a shower like I did this year. (I have to admit I was still scared).

I want to publicly thank Mayor Leavitt and the entire Vancouver City Council for caring enough about the health and safety (and sanity) of the people of our city (and, of course the pets).

Cruel People
I've been reading the comments in The Columbian today. There are many cruel people out there who don't care. They say they will shoot them off anyway. That it is their right. Why is it their right to do things that terrify us? Why is it their right to set things off that might cause our home to burn down? I don't understand that. Don't I have a right to a fear-free life? That's what my owner is trying to provide for me.

Fund Raisers
There are also people out there who think their rights to raising funds for schools and charities are being curtailed. Well, yes! Why would you want to sell something that might harm children and burn down people's homes. Plus, why would you want to sell something that SCARES PEOPLE AND DOGS?
How can people, in good conscience, sell these things.
I think pets have rights too. That is why we have organizations like the Southwest Washington Humane Society. They believe we have a right to a home, food and a cruelty-free life. And they are the ones to take in the animals who are running scared on the streets on the 4th of July... those that make it, anyway.

I believe I have a right to be in my own backyard over the 4th of July week. I believe I have a right to be medication free. I believe I have a right to join my family for a friendly picnic and not hear the POP, BOOM, BANG of terrifying fire works.

With rights comes social responsibility.

I believe that Vancouver USA cares. And I thank you.

Love, Cinnamon

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Francesca does the Lure Course at the Brush Prairie Dog Park

Today was a good day. It was sunny, the trees were bright gold, red and brown in their fall finery and we were getting to go back to the dog park! Our owner has been under the weather and so that meant NO FUN FOR US!

So Francesca and I were both very excited about going to the dog park today. But we had no idea how special this day was. You see, Clark DogPaw was having a membership drive and fundraiser. They are the people who make sure that we Clark County dogs have the best dog parks possible. I LOVE CLARK DOGPAW!
Something special was going on at my favorite dog park!
So we pulled up and saw lots of people and dogs. There was a tent and something really exciting was happening in the little dog section of the park. I heard a giant Treeing Walking Coonhound baying excitedly. He was singing my song!

Of course at that point, Francesca got really wound up. We headed in to the park. Francesca immediately went to see what the excitement in the little dog section was all about and I headed toward the tent. Usually there are treats at tents. I've learned that!

Something in the little dog park caught my eye. It was white and it was moving. The big TWC hound was going crazy. And, wouldn't ya know.... Francesca joined him. She saw dogs chasing something white all around the little dog park. It looked like fun. Some dogs and Francesca started running up and down the fence line. She barked. She wanted in so bad! Turns out it was a lure course. And you got your turn by making a small donation to Clark DogPaw.
This is what a lure course looks like although we didn't have
our cameras with us today
Since Francesca is suspended from participating in the blog, I thought she should be suspended from fun too! But my owner is a real softie and soon she was signing Francesca up for her turn at the lure course. I looked at it but thought, "How fun is it to chase a plastic bag on a string?" Not much! But by now Francesca was running up and down the fence line barking her head off. She was going bonkers. I tried to tell her that it was only a plastic bag but she didn't listen. Her prey instinct had kicked in.

So I sniffed around, visiting the people at the tent and met some new dogs. I hung out but didn't lower myself to act like those crazy, plastic bag chasing dogs! I did get something though. No treats... but our 2015 Clark DogPaw tag was there and, since I am so well-behaved, I get to wear it clipped on my collar. I was rather proud to show that I was a member of such a well-respected (and needed) organization. I trotted around the park showing everyone!
Here's my newest tag!
So, even though Francesca was panting from running the fence line she perked up when her name was called... "Francesca... you are next at the lure course... come on in!" I had to go watch. Francesca was chomping at the bit as they say. The plastic bag (aka lure) was attached to a line that was strung in a rectangle around the park. A machine made the line move and with it, the plastic bag. It moved pretty fast. The first time around Francesca did the lure course perfectly. She just followed the bag. She did that a couple of times and then started cutting corners, thinking she'd catch it with less effort. But no, it really didn't work. She was tiring so her turn was over. It was suggested that she go get some water. But she wasn't sure she wanted to miss any of the fun as another dog had his turn.

It was a great day. Francesca went home panting and tired. And I went home sporting a shiny new red Clark DogPaw tag. I am now part of an elite group of dogs... a member of Clark DogPaw. The tag matched the red in my chile design collar.
Here I am proudly wearing my Clark Dog Paw tag.

If you think your dog might like to try a lure course, I am sad to tell you this was the last of the year. But, watch the Clark DogPaw website for dates next year. And follow their Facebook page. You can still become a member to support our dog parks. My membership expires in December. I'll be sure and "re-up!"
Here we are at home. Resting up after our exciting trip to the dog park.
Love, Cinnamon, Official Clark DogPaw Member

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Dog Food Test Begins!

Oh Boy! A big box of Pinnacle®Holistic Pet Nutrition arrived today for the big dog food test that will be Francesca's first foodie review.

The big box arrived and we opened it. And.... there were TWO BAGS of food inside! Two bags of Salmon and Potato food. First Francesca looked at the bags and thought the design was beautiful! She loved the dogs on the bags.

Is this all for me?
As soon as she said, "Is this all for me?" I jumped in and offered to help her out. Since I am so gracious and a more delicate eater, I offered to take the smaller of the two bags! See how nice I, Cinnamon, am?

Here I am offering to help Francesca with taste tests.
So watch for our foodie adventure and, Lord willing, watch for Francesca's article!

Love, Cinnamon

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Does Francesca Study Yoga?

Francesca's Sleeping Position: The inside out ear with a twisted torso.
I think she must be a contortionist or maybe she takes yoga!

Monday, September 28, 2015

I've Been Hacked: Francesca is suspended!

I was outside taking a sunbath and came back in to find the blog post below. I was appalled! I was embarrassed so say the least.

My apologies go out to my readers for teenage Francesca's ranting and poor choice of language. As of now, I've changed my password and put Francesca on suspension for one week. She will not be writing until she learns the benefits of proper editing. She can tell her story, eventually, but it will be done CORRRECTLY!

And as far as her slanderous comments about MY behavior, don't I look innocent?
Innocence personified!
Love, Cinnamon, Blog owner, editor and writer

Francesca hacks into Cinnamon's account and tells all!

Hi it's me, Francesca. Cinnamon is out sunbathing so I came in to do some writing. Bwahaha! I am doing MY OWN WRITING! I want to tell you all about that middle aged goody goody, Cinnamon. She's a piece of work, I tell you!
This is what I do when my owner is not in the room!
First of all, she forces me to write in HER STYLE. I like to write with my own voice, as they called it in journalism school. Yeah, I went to college but dropped out to run the streets with my homies. When I write something, Cinnamon's all... "You have to re-write that and correct the grammar!" Screw her. No one wants to read her perfectly composed little blog posts! My friends are like... "Write something cool, Francesca... and we'll read the blog every day!"

Well, I thought I'd tell you how I ended up on a 40 ft. tie out leash in MY OWN BACKYARD! It's all Cinnamon's fault. This is what she did. So there was this squirrel in one of the trees that hang over my back fence. (Actually they are just rats with fuzzy tails) and Cinnamon starts howling like a country coon dog (which she isn't). I was new at the house so I figured that was what we were to do.... act like idiots when a we saw a squirrel. So that's what I did.

Cinnamon would start baying and I would start barking. So then she'd stop, knowing our owner would come out to quiet us down. But I didn't know that so I would keep barking and get in trouble. Meanwhile Cinnamon would just stand there and smirk. What an a_s!

So then it got worse. Cinnamon knew that I was a Treeing Walker Coonhound so she said... "Go get the squirrel, Francesca!" And I did. I looked up in the tree and then summoned my superdog bouncing powers and bounced myself over the 6 ft. back fence. Cinnamon howled and howled so, of course, our owner came out and got all upset.
Here I am summoning my superdog bouncing powers!
I found my self in the neighbor's backyard. It was fully of peanut shells, but no squirrel. I got in trouble. I got leashed up and marched right back home.

The next week Cinnamon did it again. "Francesca... go get the squirrel, she said!" So, again, I got really bouncey and, you guessed it... over the fence! This time Cinnamon barked the alarm and then the wimpy little dog in the neighbor's yard started barking too. He sized me up and threated to call his gang members to get me. My owner came over and apologized to the neighbor with the wimpy gang dog and I was glad to go home. (The wimpy little dog was throwing gang signs)

So, since my owner is afraid to upset the neighbors, she went to Petco and bought me a 40 ft. lead for when I am loose in the yard. Of course she checks on me to make sure I don't get tangled up or anything but I've resigned myself to being a prisoner in my own yard while Cinnamon, the b_t_h, goes free. She's all... "you deserve it Francesca!"

So that's the truth. It's all Cinnamon's fault. She's not all sweet and nice like some people think.

Oh oh, here comes my owner! I'd better get off the computer...

Love, Cool Francesca, who tells it like it is! #realfrancesca #cooldogblogger

Friday, September 25, 2015

Sensitive Francesca writes about a new grain-free healthy food #PinnacleHealthyPets

We all know how important a grain-free diet is to us dogs. We all know that healthy is better. But I lean toward the foods that also taste good! This one sounded like a winner so I am asking Francesca to take over and do HER FIRST EVER FOOD ARTICLE!

This post is sponsored by Pinnacle and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I, Francesca, am being compensated for helping create awareness about Pinnacle's Newly Formulated Grain Free Dog Food, but Coonhound Tales only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Pinnacle is not responsible for the content of this article.

Hi, It’s me, Francesca. Food is always on my mind.  When I was in the shelter I learned about food. I learned that they would feed me on a regular schedule. But once I arrived to live with Cinnamon, I found out that only certain foods will keep me healthy. 

I’m young now but I want to live to a ripe old age and keep chasing those squirrels and playing at the dog park.

Since I’m new around here, I just found out about Pinnacle®Holistic Pet Nutrition. They’ve been making holistic pet food since 1998, though, with some very healthy ingredients.  But now all their foods are GRAIN FREE! That means that Cinnamon and I will have an easy time of digesting the food. Sometimes our stomachs get sensitive (and our feelings too!).

This is their logo.
Kind of looks like the food triangle for a healthy diet, doesn't it?
Since May this year Pinnacle has made only grain free foods. Here’s all the other healthy goodies they put in and some things they do to make sure I will be a healthy coonhound:

- Quality ingredients like Quinoa, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, Sea kelp, Cottage Cheese

- Natural, healthy recipes that use high quality proteins

- Antioxidants to support healthy immune system

- Fiber to encourage healthy digestion and small stool

- Promotes general joint health and overall muscle tone

The only time I'm not thinking about food is when I'm playing.
I want to keep romping with Cinnamon for many years so we
really are particular about having a well-balanced diet.
This is the food I want to try. The dogs on the package
look like my neighbor, Callie!
I haven’t had the pleasure of trying Pinnacle yet but I sure am going to. It sounds good… especially the trout and sweet potato. 

So how am I going to try it? And how can you? Well, here's where you can buy Pinnacle. And, here's a $5 off coupon to help you pay for your first item.

When I get my bag of food, I'll be letting you know what I think. So far, after doing ALL THIS RESEARCH, I know I'm going to like it. And, if I'm in the mood, I might even share some with Cinnamon.... maybe.

When I try out a new food I always mix my old food and my new food together for the first week or so. Remember, I have a sensitive stomach so a quick change might upset my cute little tummy.

So now I've made myself really hungry. It must be dinner time by now, isn't it?

I'm going to follow Pinnacle on Facebook to keep up with their foods and to look for specials. You can too!

Love, Francesca, the Sensitive Foodie